Japanese Sword History

Miyamoto Musashi: A Life in Arms

A Biography of Japan’s Greatest Swordsman

by William de Lange

Draws extensively on a wealth of original sources to reveal the master swordsman’s reckless valor in the face of danger, his sensitive intelligence in the fields of art and architecture, his generosity toward peers and pupils, and his defiant stubbornness in old age.

280 pp,  6 x 9,  Soft
11 maps and charts, glossary, bibliography, index
Lists of historical periods, castles, temples, shrines, and battles
ISBN: 978-1-891640-62-9
$34.95

The Real Musashi: Origins of a Legend

The Bushû Denraiki

translated and annotated by William de Lange

This earliest and most reliable record of the life and exploits of Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645) , the most revered and celebrated swordsman in Japanese history, is, after three centuries, for the first time finally available to the English reader.

144 pp, 6 x 9, Soft
11 Maps and charts
Lists of historical periods, castles, temples, shrines, battles, and rebellions Glossary, bibliography, index
Japanese history / Swordsmanship / Martial arts
ISBN: 978-1-891640-56-8
$40.00

The Real Musashi: Origins of a Legend II

The Bukôden

translated and annotated by William de Lange

Toyoda Masanaga's informative record completed in 1755 of the later life and exploits of Japan's greatest swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645), available for the first time in English.

144 pp, 6 x 9, Soft
11 Maps and charts
Lists of historical periods, castles, temples, shrines, battles, and rebellions
Glossary, bibliography, index
Japanese history / Swordsmanship / Martial arts
ISBN: 978-1-891640-60-5
$40.00

Famous Japanese Swordsmen

of the Two Courts Period

by William de Lange

From the author of the bestselling Famous Japanese Swordsmen of the Warring States comes more solid sword history in the guise of thrilling narrative set amidst a turning point in Japan's medieval era, when an unbridgeable rift appeared in the fragile fabric of Japanese feudal society.

256 pp, 5.25 x 8.25, Soft
64 b&w photos, maps, diagrams, chronology glossary, index
Japanese swords and swordsmanship / Japanese history / Martial arts
ISBN: 978-1-891640-47-6
$24.95

Famous Japanese Swordsmen

of the Warring States Period

by William de Lange

True stories of the two greatest sword heroes of the most destructive period in Japan’s history, when thousands of warriors either perished or persevered on the strength of their martial skills.

256 pp, 5.25 x 8.25, Soft
62 monochrome illustrations, 23 maps, 3 diagrams, glossary, index
History / Martial arts / Japanese swords and swordsmanship
ISBN: 978-1-891640-43-8
$24.95

Famous Japanese Swordsmen

The Period of Unification

by William de Lange

This third and final volume of the Swordsmen trilogy chronicles one of the great turning points in Japan's medieval era, when after more than two centuries of civil strife Japan finally found its way back to peace and order under three successive rulers: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

256 pp, 5.25 x 8.25, Soft
200 B&W photos, maps, diagrams, chronology glossary, index
Japanese swords and swordsmanship / Japanese history / Martial arts
ISBN: 978-1891640-54-4
$24.95

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